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Re: 2013 Kansas City Royals = World Series Champs

Postby Grounded Polo » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:20 am

kab21 wrote:2013 Royals = > .500

This topic comes up a lot since the Royals have an awesome farm system. But a farm system alone won't carry a team to the WS. It will give the team a solid core of young cheap players but the Royals will still have to make some excellent moves at the MLB level (or hit on all of the prospects) to get to the playoffs. For example the Rays signed a MiLB FA named Pena, swapped Young/Harris for Garza/Bartlett and built a bullpen out of MLB rejects among other moves when they worst to first.


KC is doing well on this step, Soria/Crow/Jeffres are unhittable.
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Re: 2013 Kansas City Royals = World Series Champs

Postby charger_ss24 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:14 pm

There is no question that Kansas City has an amazing talent pool ready to burst out into the big leagues. However, it's going to take them at least two years before they start to click and make a difference, and by that time, depending on their contracts, they will be close to being free agents.

The KEY is David Glass. He is so tight with his money that he has to pull his pants down to pull a quarter out of his pocket. If he signs these kids to LONG term contracts and not this 3-4 year BS stuff, then you will see a return of the glory days.

If not, you'll see these current prospects traded for other prospects and getting our hopes up again, continuing this vicious cycle. :-{
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Re: 2013 Kansas City Royals = World Series Champs

Postby MasterX1918 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:00 pm

Even still the Royals don't have the starting pitching. You can't expect Montgomery, Duffy, Lamb, Crow, Dwyer and Odorizzi all to develop into quality MLB pitchers. Chances are only a couple of those guys will progress into the rotation and an even lesser amount will develop into quality top of of the rotation arms. it's going to take talent outside of the farm system or pre-established MLB ready talent to truly compete, like the Rays had with Jackson and Kazmir, and they just don't have that.
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Re: 2013 Kansas City Royals = World Series Champs

Postby kab21 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:52 pm

Grounded Polo wrote:
KC is doing well on this step, Soria/Crow/Jeffres are unhittable.


It's not that the copy Tampa's moves, it's more important they are able to fill in the holes with good moves. And despite making almost every correct move in the minors the last several seasons they have made terrible move after terrible at the MLB level for years. Betancourt, Cruz, Farnsworth, Guillen, etc...
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Re: 2013 Kansas City Royals = World Series Champs

Postby Tavish » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:00 am

MasterX1918 wrote:Even still the Royals don't have the starting pitching. You can't expect Montgomery, Duffy, Lamb, Crow, Dwyer and Odorizzi all to develop into quality MLB pitchers. Chances are only a couple of those guys will progress into the rotation and an even lesser amount will develop into quality top of of the rotation arms. it's going to take talent outside of the farm system or pre-established MLB ready talent to truly compete, like the Rays had with Jackson and Kazmir, and they just don't have that.

The truly great part about the Royals farm right now is that they don't need those 5 to all become #3 or better starters even if that is what most projection systems have them as turning into. The system is so incredibly deep that the team could graduate 5 or 6 players this season and still be a top 10 farm club next year. Everyone knows developing prospects, especially starting pitching, is more a battle of attrition than an exact science. But the Royals are going into the battle with a semi-truck full of ammo. The Royals had a record 9 prospects in the BA top 100 this season. Of that list Moose is probably the only one that will graduate this season. Depending on how the season goes, there is a solid chance the Royals have 10 or 11 next season. After those 10 or 11 players they would still have 4 or 5 more players who would be top 10 prospects on most teams. If or when it comes time to start looking outside the organization to fill holes Moore will be going to the trade table with more chips available than any other team. It will just come down to if he can find the right needs and if he is willing to pull the trigger.
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